There is one thing I get really excited about when fall comes around, and it has nothing to do with pumpkin spice lattes…
Fall is the season of good hair days. The frizz is gone, and the cool air seems to make hair lay just right. I have naturally wavy hair, and the only time I like to wear it straight is in the cooler months. The summer humidity makes my hair fuller than ever, and when I try to have it lay flat, well…let’s just say it likes to do its own thing.
Using heat is normally the first go-to. Hair dryers and straighteners will get the trick done, but over time will damage and dry out your hair. This season, I’ve ditched the heat and started practicing some natural ways to help straighten my hair.
After Shower Brushing
After I take a shower, I only usually brush my hair is if I plan on using a hair dryer or straightener. I’ll brush it once, then put heat to it. This season I’m skipping the heat and will just continue to brush my hair periodically until it is dry. My hair is pretty thick, so using a wide tooth comb (try the Argan Oil Wide Tooth Comb, which is infused with argan oil for extra shine!) or large paddle brush (like the Hand Painted Wooden Brush) works best for me. I’ll find my natural part, then brush my hair every 5 minutes or so until it is dry. Consistently brushing until my hair is completely dry takes away a lot of my wave for a straighter look.
Cold Water Rinse
Using cold water in conjunction with a straightening shampoo and conditioner is another way to help straighten out locks. After washing, switch the water from hot to cold. Try and make it as cold as you can bear. The cool water will make hair extra shiny, help tame frizz, and straighten it out.
Milk & Honey Hair Mask
Milk and honey is one of those combinations that just sounds good. Making a hair mask with this duo is one of the best ways to straighten out hair. Mix one cup of milk with 1 tbsp of honey. The thicker the milk, the better. (I’ll normally use whole milk, but coconut milk also works great.) Apply the mask all over and let it sit for about an hour. Wash out normally, or using a straightening shampoo and conditioner.
Overnight Hair Bands
An easy way to get straighter hair is by using hair bands. While your hair is damp, section it out into two low pig tails or one pony in the back of your head. Using soft hair bands (don’t use rubber bands!), section off the hair like the picture above. Make sure to keep the bands loose so ridges don’t form. Keep your hair like this over night, and take out in the morning for straighter hair! Whenever I do this, I’ll also sleep on a silk scarf to tame frizz.
If you have any other ways you like to get naturally straighter hair, please share!
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